4 charged in thefts of equipment
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:00 AM
Four people were charged in connection with a series of farm equipment thefts which occurred over the past month in the county, the sheriff said.
The cases remain under investigation as more arrests are expected, Sheriff Tommy Waddell said.
Corderius Terrel Smith, 24, of 10270 Road 212, and Travis L. Chamberlin, 31, of 10276 Road 212, were both charged with three counts of grand larceny in connection with three separate thefts.
The two are charged with taking a 16-foot trailer from a residence on Road 365 in the Johnsonville community on Oct. 10.
The trailer was recovered late Friday night off Road 212 in the Dixon community.
Smith and Chamberlin were also charged in a burglary at a chicken house off Road 339 at Dixon on Oct. 21. Metal trusses, which were being used as rafters, and a large aluminum feed bin were taken in the burglary.
The items were sold as scrap metal, Waddell said.
Smith and Chamberlin were also charged with the Oct. 24 theft of a 16-foot trailer and a subsoiler plow from a residence off Road 402 in the Dixon community.
Waddell said the two sold the plow and trailer for scrap.
"We recovered both of them," he said. "The cases remain under investigation. We expect at least one other arrest."
The two were released on $30,000 bonds.
In the fourth case, Terrance Lynn Maxey, 25, of 11160 Road 743, and L. J. Walker Jr., 20, of 507 North Pilot Ave., Newton, were both charged with grand larceny in connection with the theft of a bush hog, hay fork, section harrow and grader blade.
The items were taken from a residence on Road 2444 in the Bloomo community.
The bush hog and section harrow were recovered in the northern part of the county.
"They had sold them to an individual," Waddell said. "The blade and hay fork had been sold for scrap."
The case remains under investigation as more arrests are expected, he said.